A bill proposed by Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta, SB725, would eliminate the state’s background check system, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS). Bartolotta claims that PICS is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer resources, but the state police begs to differ.
“In testimony before the state senate in July 2013, Lt. Colonel Scott R. Snyder of the Pennsylvania State Police explained that PICS was a necessary law enforcement tool. Containing many more, and more thorough, records than the federal system alone, PICS has assisted cops in Pennsylvania with thousands of investigations. Since its launch in 1998, PICS has received over 9 million inquiries by firearms dealers,” writes Philly Now‘s Josh Kruger.
Furthermore, contrary to the senator’s false assertion that “many firearms dealers have reported long delays,” a 2012 survey found that 96 percent of gun dealers were satisfied with PICS. Over two-thirds of them said they wait less than four minutes for a PICS inquiry.
“This is a bad idea,” said CeaseFirePennsylvania’s Shira Goodman. “This has come up before, in different iterations, and the state police have been very clear, in hearings about the background check system, that the PICS system has many more records than the national system.”